Throughout three days of early voting in the 2018 mid-term election, more than 27,900 people voted early in Galveston County, local officials said Wednesday.

The turnout as of Wednesday far surpasses the turnout from the last time county voters went to the polls in a national election in which the president was not on the ballot.

So far the number of early voters has been more comparable to the turnout rate for the 2016 presidential election.

Following two days of early voting in the 2014 mid-terms, only 9,243 had voted. During the 2016 presidential election, 26,201 people had voted early after two days of early voting.

As of Wednesday, 12.1 percent of registered voters in Galveston County had already voted, according to the elections division of the Galveston County District Clerk's Office. In 2014, just over 20 percent of registered voters in the county voted early throughout the entire early voting period of two weeks.

Early voting in Galveston County in recent years has made up the majority of votes cast in any given election. It's too early to say if voter turnout this year will surpass the 2016 election, or if more people have simply showed up to the polls early in the voting period and if the surge will peter out through next week.

The most popular voting location in the county has been Friendswood City Hall, where more than 3,100 people voted over three days, according to the elections office.

The next busiest voting locations were the North County Annex building in League City and the West County Building in Santa Fe, according to the elections division.

Both League City and Santa Fe have local issues on the ballot as well as the national and state races on most ballots this year.

Early voting, which began Monday, ends Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

TRUMP TALKS LOCAL ISSUES

Two things President Donald Trump said Monday during his rally for Ted Cruz in Houston seem relevant to Galveston County.

First, Trump repeated a claim that he made in June, that people in the Houston area had taken boats into the water as Harvey made landfall to watch the storm come in. On Monday, he said the boaters wanted to "show their wife how great they are."

Trump's story is untrue. There were no reports of storm-watchers in Galveston Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.

Trump may have been referring to people who used small, personal boats to rescue people from their flooded homes, though he did not offer praise to those people.

In another part of the speech, Trump made an apparent reference to the coastal spine, the miles-long storm surge barrier that Texas officials have long hoped could be built on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.

Trump ribbed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for asking for $10 billion for the barrier.

“I said, 'Greg, that’s the most expensive dam I’ve ever heard of,'" Trump said. "Would you name it the Trump Dam, please?”

In October 2017, Abbott sent a list of hurricane relief projects to the federal government, asking for $61 billion in funding. Among those projects was a $12 billion request for the coastal spine.

So far, Congress has not funded the project and Trump has not signed off on it. A report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to be released this week recommending some variation on the coastal spine. That recommendation could cost as much as $20 billion.

Trump did not mention the Santa Fe High School shooting during the campaign rally.

NOTEBOOK

Ted Cruz's campaign bus tour is making a stop in Galveston on Friday. Cruz, who has not held a rally in Galveston County so far this year, will be at Moody Gardens, 7 Hope Blvd., at 8:45 p.m., according to his campaign. ... U.S. Rep. Randy Weber rode with President Donald Trump in his limousine during the president's visit to Houston. Trump signed a MAGA hat for Weber. Weber also appeared to bring along a copy of "Trump: The Game," though it's unclear if that got signed too. ... State Sen. Larry Taylor, speaking at the Galveston Economic Development Summit on Wednesday on naming the coastal barrier after Donald Trump: "I'm OK with that. Whatever you call it, build that wall."

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

Senior Reporter

(6) comments

Jarvis Buckley

The voter turn-out is not surprising.
The folks of Texas are not going to let a George Soros supported candidate
represent us in Washington. The fact that Beto received so much out of state money should cause a caravan of people heading for the polls. Soon it will be over.

Jim Forsythe

Jarvis,15.8 million Texans are registered to vote and this is increase of 1.6-plus million registered voters since 2014's midterm elections,with young voters making up the largest part of the increase. Young people tend to be more independent in voting than older folks. At this time we are setting records in the number of votes for a midterm. How this will translate into which candidates get votes, we will find out November 6.

Jarvis, as far as I can tell Soros gave $2,700 to O’Rourke, when Beto was running for the Democratic Senate nomination.This is from the 2018 election cycle and was released by the Federal Election Commission.
Not a large amount in a race where a lot of money has been raised. I"m more interested in the money from PAC"s and dark money. Dark money is hard to know where it comes from.

Other Soros money may have been given. but I did not find it.

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George Croix

AP May 31, 2018, 11:31 PM
Trump visits with families affected by Santa Fe school shooting
HOUSTON — Seeking to comfort grieving families and shaken survivors, President Donald Trump spent more than an hour privately Thursday with some of those impacted by a Texas mass school shooting that killed 10 and wounded more than a dozen on May 18.

Perhaps that's why the Pres. didn't mention it in his speech 5 months later.....

"No reports".....there ya go...proof by virtue of no evidence against.....
The same reason the earth was flat for eons.......before it was found not to be....[whistling]

Jim Forsythe

"TRUMP TALKS LOCAL ISSUES" is about what Trump said and did not say about us.
First, Trump repeated a claim that he made in June, that people in the Houston area had taken boats into the water as Harvey made landfall to watch the storm come in. On Monday, he said the boaters wanted to "show their wife how great they are." Has no one help him understand that this did not happen. People in the Houston area were to busy to be go into the gulf, to show off.

Second , he said “I said, 'Greg, that’s the most expensive dam I’ve ever heard of,'" Trump said. "Would you name it the Trump Dam, please?” Hope he was just missed informed by not knowing the coastal spine would not be a Dam.

Third, Trump did not mention the Santa Fe High School shooting during the campaign rally. Which is a true statement. Some people still may want our President to convey that he was still thinking of them.

Carlos Ponce

"Has no one help him understand that this did not happen."
Where did Trump get that information? From the US Coast Guard.

George Croix

Hmmmmm......
Item 1, I personally have no idea what the entire population of Houston was doing pre-storm...but would be amazed to find that no idiots went out in a boat or on a paddle board or in a #3 washtub or whatever to watch the approaching storm, considering the number that like to go stand along the seawall and get soaked from waves crashing in.
Item 2, any dike/spine/levee/whatever that can block storm surge from getting outside in, IS a dam for a while as it will keep inside water from getting out until opened back up, absent really, really...really big pumps and pipelines.
Item 3, no doubt some wanted to be mentioned, and some were just grateful for the personal visit earlier. Is it really something to turn into a political talking point?
Maybe.....

Oh, well.....

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